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and closely-fought campaign in history, president obama triumphs. >> we have picked ourselves up. we have fought our way back. and we know in our hearts, that for the united states of america, the best is yet to come. >> the president seals his victory with crucial wins across the battlegrounds. a bitter loss for governor romney, met by grace. >> this is a time of great challenges for america. and i pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation. >> congress, still deadlocked. republicans win the house, democrats, the senate. our powerhouse political team on what the next four years means for your family, your jobs and your future. "gma's" special coverage of election 2012 starts, right now. >>> and good morning, america. good morning to robin roberts at home. great to have elizabeth vargas back with us this morning. the whole team is here. and what a night. president obama secures a second term. >> with a surprisingly sweeping victory. the president said he learned from and listened to those who did not vote for him. there he is on stage last night, savoring the victory
. victory lap. it was a modern american election. that gave president obama four more years. >> i believe we can seize this future together. >> how did a new patchwork of americans come together to give him the win? and force a tough gut-check moment for the republican party? >> paul and i have left everything on the field. we have given our all to this campaign. >> can they recover? and change with the changing america? what is the world saying tonight? how about wall street? and what did the president do today to help the country heal? now, two american families turn the page. the romneys, polling together. the obamas, starting a new chapter in this white house. and the abc news powerhouse team is everywhere, on this historic day for america. live, from abc's election headquarters, this is a special "world news" with diane sawyer. >> good evening, and it was a day of celebration for president obama and a day of soul searching for the republican party. and, a reality check for a nation, seeking to move forward as a hard-fought election. tonight, your voice has become your vote, and these ar
evening on this exciting night, diane. president obama and his campaign are gurding hem thfls for a long night and the president said this might spill into the morning but he fully expects by tomorrow he will be re-elected. it is out of his hands and in yours. >> my name is barack obama, you know, the president. >> reporter: at a chicago campaign field office president obama called volunteers in wisconsin to thank them for their hard work. >> hi, is this annie? hi, this is barack obama, how are you? [ laughter ] i'm doing -- you know -- i don't think she knows it's me. >> reporter: his message has been one of staying the course. forward. painted himself as a warrior for the middle class. >> are you fired up? >> all: fired up. >> are you fired up? >> reporter: but today another message, an olive branch. >> i also want to say to governor romney, congratulations on a spirited campaign. >> reporter: later today joined by scottie pippen and his old friends the president played basketball, an election day superstition. he did not do so the day of the 2008 new hampshire primary and has not repe
on the wealthy was a central issue of president obama's campaign. he talked about it in every, single campaign speech. >> the wealthiest americans got tax cuts. tax cuts. try a tax cut. another trillion dollar tax cut that favors the wealthy. >> reporter: in her exclusive interview thursday, diane sawyer pressed the speaker on that. >> 60% of the voters have said that they are ready to raise these taxes. they are ready to have the wealthier americans pitch in here. >> i said yesterday that raising tax rates is unacceptable. >> reporter: the looming fiscal crisis has already affected financial markets, helping drive the dow below 13,000 for the first time since september. if a deal is not struck, virtually every american taxpayer will see a substantial increase in their taxes starting january 1st. during the last negotiations, speaker boehner's hands were tied because tea party conservatives opposed compromise. here's what he told george back then. >> there's no daylight between the tea party and me. >> reporter: what does he think of the tea party now? >> we don't have a tea party caucus to sp
, the race for the white house. a note about the storm, vote egg and today, president obama and governor romney back out making their case to voters, as the clock ticks down. five days until americans go to the polls, your voice, your vote. and tonight, our brand new abc news/"washington post" poll shows this. the president with a one-point edge. he also got a big helpful endorsement today and i want to bring in "good morning america" co-anchor, anchor of "this week," george stephanopoulos. >> reporter: that's right. mayor michael bloomberg had criticized president obama in the past, said he was not going to endorse, today, he said he's endorsing the president because he believes he's best positioned to lead on the issue of climate change, which the mayor believes had an impact on this hurricane. that comes on top of that praise from governor chris christie, the republican governor of new jersey yesterday and the poll you cited shows that nearly 8 out of 10 americans think the president has done a good job handling this hurricane. >> what about the voters who are worried they're not goin
. martha, thank you very much. >>> that question to president obama about ambassador rice came from jonathan karl, who joined in on the press conference. questions on all of the big issues. but also on that looming fiscal cliff on january 1st. >> reporter: that's right, george. he used that press conference to lay out very bright lines on where he stands on taxes and the fiscal cliff. holding his first news conference since winning re-election, the president took a hard line on his bottom line. there will be no budget deal without raising taxes on the wealthy. >> when it comes to the top 2%, what i'm not going to do is to extend further a tax cut for folks who don't need it, which would cost close to $1 trillion. >> reporter: in his previous efforts to strike a so-called grand bargain with speaker of the house john boehner, the president proposed $800 billion in new tax revenues. but now, he is seeking twice that. $1.6 trillion in new taxes over the next ten years. that's a bitter pill for republicans to swallow. speaker boehner has called raising tax rates on anybody unacceptable.
men and jill kelly. >>> president obama is sure to be asked about this scandal when he holds his first postelection news conference today. george and diane will be here at 1:00 p.m. eastern. >>> josh elliott has the other stories. >> we begin with the breaking news overnight. a plane crashing into a neighborhood in jackson, mississippi, right into the house that is now in flames. a woman inside managed to escape just in time by jumping out the window. witnesses say they could hear the plane's engine sputtering in the moments before the crash. the three people onboard were killed. in the bitter irony, they were flying to a safety conference being held by the faa. >>> and two washington snowboarders are finally safe this morning, after two nights stranded on mt. rainier. the two got caught in a sudden blizzard with no overnight gear and only a few crackers to eat. but after calling 911, they managed to build a snow cave and hunker down. >> you guys hunker together for a while? >> yes, we did. >> yeah. not going to lie. >> to keep warm, right? >> exactly. >> what stays in the cave, stays
thomas, abc news, washington. >>> and also in the news today, president obama took an aerial tour of the hurricane sandy destruction, meeting with families still trying to recover on staten island. later, and in private, he met with the parents of the two young boys who were killed in that storm. >>> and we have learned of an aftershock from the storm which will affect everyone coast to coast. abc's steve osunsami with the surprising consequence of the storm. >> reporter: when those awful flood waters from sandy came rushing through, flooding streets and swamping homes, what no one expected was the storm's surprising second hit. >> we all lost our cars. at the same time, we're all trying to get a car. it's a mad house. >> reporter: more than 250,000 personal vehicles were washed away by storm waters. today, used car dealerships are busy with storm victims and, adding insult to injury, prices are shooting up because of the storm. >> we're expecting to see higher prices of $700 to $1,000 per vehicle. >> reporter: for every six people who walk into this used car dealership on staten
, jon. and as you know, a fewew blocks away at the white house, president obama met today with top congressional leaders about working together on that looming fiscal cliff. everyone emerged saying the meeting was, quote, constructive. bipartisan. house minority leader nancy pelosi, who sat down with abc's martha raddatz, said she's confident a solution is within reach. >> one of everybody wants to make the best effort to get this done. hopefully that is possible. hopefully it is possible by the middle of december, so the confidence of the markets and most importantly, the confidence of the consumers, returns to infuse our economy with demand, which creates jobs. >> and we will see more of nancy pelosi and martha when martha sits in for george stephanopoulos sunday morning, hosting "this week." >>> and tonight, a town in west texas is grieving. it was supposed to be a celebration of veterans but that turned into a tragedy when the freight train smashed into a parade float. the parade float was stuck on the tracks in midland, texas, and then a screen described as a war zone, when he
obama held that for 24 hours, as well. >>> let's go to our senior justice correspondent, pierre thomas, who has more on the growing questions about how the fbi has handled the story. >> reporter: good morning, george. the more you dig into this case, the seedier it gets. apparently jill kelly, the woman at the center of the new allegations involving general allen, got the attention of a lot of men. she was a friendly acquaintance of the fbi agent who started the whole case. and it turns out, he sent her shirtless pictures of himself. now, the agent is under investigation, for calling members of congress, breaking fbi policy about disclosing the investigation. such investigations need to be kept private and out of public. >> there's reasons that the fbi kept this from congress and the white house and the president during the campaign. >> reporter: the justice department officials say they followed the rules. the fbi's focus was on whether internet harassment laws were broken by the alleged mistress, paula broadwell. petraeus was never the focus of the investigation. and the investigatio
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